Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees
The Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees face off on Thursday in Arlington as they close out their series. The Rangers are -150 favorites over the Yankees with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Texas Rangers have been struggling of late but they took a break from the losing by getting a win on Wednesday. A.J. Pierzynski had two hits including a home run, David Murphy hit a home run, and Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus had hits as the Rangers scored three runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Matt Garza allowed five hits and a run while striking out five over 7.1 innings to get hos first win as a Ranger and Joe Nathan earned his 32nd save. For Thursday’s game the Rangers start Derek Holland who lost last time out to end a personal three decision winning streak. For the season Holland has allowed 130 hits and 52 runs while striking out 127 over 133.2 innings for a 8-5 record and a 3.10 ERA.
The New York Yankees fought hard on Wednesday but they didn’t have enough to get the win. Brett Gardener and Robinson Cano each had two hits and Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells each had hits as the Yankees scored one run on six hits. Starting pitcher Any Pettitte allowed eight hits and two runs while he struck out two over 6.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 7-8 on the season. For Thursday’s game the Yankees start Hiroki Kuroda who has won his last two starts. For the season Kuroda has allowed 106 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 88 over 125.2 innings for a 9-6 record and a 2.65 ERA.
Texas is 2-4 in their last six home games against a team with a winning record, 13-6 in their last 19 Thursday games, and 36-15 in Holland’s last 51 starts as a favorite. New York is 5-12 in their last 17 games as an underdog, 4-10 in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record, and 2-5 in Kuroda’s last seven starts against a team with a winning record.
I am not looking for a lot of scoring here and my pick is on the under.